Situated on a bank of the (surprisingly quiet) Saigon River, a half-hour drive from central Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). It’s in what is known as District 2, a genteel area dominated by stately multi-storey homes and villas. There is not much here in terms of tourist attractions – and that sense of peace is a big part of the hotel’s appeal – but Villa Song offers a regular, complimentary, boat shuttle into the centre of the city (which takes 15 minutes).
Address: 197/2 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
Style & character
Villa Song is a grand French-colonial style building that looks like it’s been a part of the Saigon landscape for more than 100 years but in fact – as with most of the buildings in this area – it is less than a decade old. The 23 rooms in the boutique hotel have been individually decorated, all with that old world colonial charm; the riverside restaurant is shaded by palm trees, creating a beautiful sanctuary.
Service & facilities
The service at Villa Song is, as in keeping with the style of the hotel, attentive yet discreet. A large swimming pool surrounded by shaded sun-lounger pods stretches out the front of Villa Song, providing guests with a sense of calm and relaxation as soon as they step through the property’s vine-shaded entranceway. A small gym looks onto the swimming pool. The hotel’s spa has a substantial menu, offering various face and body treatments and some special packages too.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
Because of the architectural layout of the hotel, every room in the hotel is different and they range from the small Writer’s Room, which has a single bed and writing desk and is suited to solo travellers, to the expansive Imperial Suite, which has a king-sized four-poster bed and two balconies. All rooms have beautiful wooden floors, very tastefully decorated in colonial style and calming, neutral tones. All have a complimentary mini-bar.
Food & drink
Breakfast is served at the Bistro Song Vie, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. It’s a beautiful space to be: some chairs and tables line a bank of the Saigon River, and are flanked by palm trees and an immaculate lawn. Dishes include the (vegan) Big Breakfast with onion rings, scrambled tofu, grilled tomato, hash browns, mushrooms, baked beans, mini bread and caramelised banana. Homemade muesli, Mì Bò Kho Sài Gòn (braised beef with herbs served with egg noodles) and gluten-free pancakes are among the other options. At lunch and dinner time, food served at this restaurant is predominantly Asian (be sure to try the prawns), and can be paired with carefully selected wines.
Access for guests with disabilities?
While the hotel has a very genteel feel to it, it does cater for families and there are rooms that have connecting doors, which would be suitable for those travelling with children.
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